When you’re changing your clocks this Sunday, make sure to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, too.

“Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives by alerting you to a fire or CO buildup. They can’t do their job if the batteries aren’t working,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Protect your family by replacing smoke and CO alarm batteries at least once each year.”

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Are your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms working?

We at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urge you to check your alarms this weekend when you set your clocks one hour ahead for Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday at 2 a.m.

This is a great time to put fresh batteries in your alarms. Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms do an important job of giving you and your family time to escape a fire or CO poisoning incident, but only if they (…)

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The air is cooler, the leaves are changing, the daylight hours are getting shorter and some of us are about to get an extra hour of sleep! Yes, it’s that time of year again. Sunday November 5, at 2 a.m. marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. That’s when consumers will turn their clocks back one hour, hopefully with some TLC. What does that mean?

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T- Test your alarms. Test smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms every month to make sure they are working.

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You may have missed the first notice, but if you use a Summer Infant video baby monitor, be sure to check your nursery to see if you have one of the models with the recalled rechargeable batteries. This recall has been expanded to include an additional 740,000 units and there have been additional incident reports. The monitor’s rechargeable batteries can overheat, cause burns or even property damage.

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How things have changed when it comes to toy safety.  Back in 2008, 172 toys were recalled — 19 due to lead. In fiscal year 2013, there were 31 toy recalls — none were related to lead.

 

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Our new global system to make toys safer means:

Toys are now tested by independent, third-party testing laboratories around the world.
CPSC and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol are at the ports, stopping toys that violate U.S. standards before they reach children’s hands. This recent video (…)

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